Minerals

Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

Minerals at the Burke Museum

The Minerals Collection at the Burke Museum includes specimens from all classes and many spectacular exhibit-quality minerals.

The Minerals Collection is part of the Burke Museum Paleontology and Geology Department and is associated with the University of Washington’s Earth and Space Sciences Department and Biology Department.  At this time, most of the mineral specimens are packed and in off-site storage for lack of space within the museum. For this reason, access to this collection is currently not available.

Have something you'd like to donate? Please contact us if you have a geology specimen of scientific value and would like to donate it to the museum. Note that we do not purchase specimens for the collection.

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Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

Minerals

The Burke's Minerals Collection is one of the finest on the Pacific Coast. The collection contains specimens of every major chemical group, and is particularly rich in silicates, carbonates, halides and sulfides. Note that access to this collection is currently not available.

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Photo: James St. John [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]
Photo: James St. John [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Meteorites

The Meteorite Collection at the Burke Museum is a repository for approximately 800 type specimens (small samples and thin sections) of meteorites from North Africa and Oman. These subsamples of larger, privately owned meteorites are available for use by qualified researchers and are held under the guidelines of the Meteoritical Society. Photo credit: Wikimedia Photo.


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Additional Resources

We've compiled several online resources from outside of the Burke Museum that may also be of interest.